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The representation and function of letters in Jane Austen(TM)s Pride and Prejudice.

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Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels often contain written documents, such as bills, lists, or letters. Discuss the representation and function of letters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Letters in the eighteenth- and nineteenth century were just as important in real life as they were in novels. In Pride and Prejudice, they are used for several aims. They can reveal the characters' personalities and thoughts, and allow them to express their feelings in an intimate way that is less intimidating than a face-to-face conversation. At the time the novel was written, letters were the most effective way of communication, and therefore very important. ...read more.


Another example of a letter that reflects the writer's personality, is the letter Jane writes to Elizabeth to acquaint her with the news that Lydia has gone off to Scotland with Mr. Wickham. She tries to stay optimistic and has an enormous amount of trust in people, which you can tell for example from the line: "But I am willing to hope the best, and that his character has been misunderstood." (Pride and Prejudice 206) Writing also allows the characters to express their true feelings and sincere thoughts. Because they do not get an immediate response and are not confronted with the readers' first reaction, it is easier to relieve one's feelings. ...read more.


Therefore, they were very important to keep in touch with friends and family. In the novel, letters are used to inform the reader of the latest developments in the story in the same way and at the time as the characters are informed. By the use of letters, a great amount of information can be shared in a short period of time. An example is the correspondence between Jane and Lizzy, and between Mr. Bennet and Mr. Gardiner, when Lydia elopes. The use of letters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has a lot of purposes, such as communicating characters' thoughts, feelings and personalities to the reader. Letters were extremely important in real life to exchange information, and Jane Austen used this way of communication to the full extent. Word count: 500 ...read more.

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